WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Demon Knight (Tales From The Crypt)

Reviewed In Issue 16 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Billy Zane, William Sadler, Jada Pinkett, Brenda Bakke, CCH Pounder, Thomas Haden Church

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 5
Sound Rating: 4
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): MCA/Universal Home Video
(Catalog Number): 42441
(MPAA Rating): R
(Retail Price): $$34.98
(Running Time In Minutes): 92
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1995
(LD Release Date): 8/1/95
(THX® Digitally Mastered): No

Credits Information
(Director): Ernest Dickerson
(Screenplay/Written By): Ethan Reiff, Cyrus Voris & Mark Bishop
(Story): NA
(Music): Ed Sheamur
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Christiaan Wagener
(Visual Effects): Available Light Ltd.
(Costume Designer): Warden Neil
(Editor): Stephen Lovejoy, ACE
(Supervising Sound Editors): Mark Cookson
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Richard Donner, David Giler, Walter Hill, Joel Silver & Robert Zemeckis
(Co-Producers): Alan Katz, Scott Nimerfro & Wendy Wanderman
(Producers): Gilbert Adler

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): DTS Digital
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital):
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WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Tales From The Cryptís Demon Knight stars Billy Zane as the evil soul-Collector, a charismatic demon forever in pursuit of a drifter named Brayker (William Sadler) who holds the last remaining key that protects humanity from destruction. TVís Crypt Keeper makes his big screen debut in this deadtime story of a gruesome cadre of cadavers held at bay in a boarding-house with ancient vials of sacred blood and automatic weapons. The production boasts spectacular special effects and the Crypt Keeperís own brand of deadpan humor, which may be great fun for fans, but definitely not for children.

LaserDisc Picture:
The matted at 1.85:1 picture is sharp and detailed with vibrant colors, deep solid blacks, and excellent shadow detail. Fleshtones are natural and there is no noise or artifacts for a picture that is solid.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
This is a dynamic soundtrack with aggressive surround envelopment, effective stereo sound effects and natural dialogue.
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Superb Sound Effects Recording Quality:
Superb Music Score Recording Quality:
Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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